Construction has started on Mill Creek Flats, which is part of the larger Steelcote Square development in Midtown.
Construction crews have demolished a small gray building close to the railroad tracks on Theresa Street. That site will be home to a parking lot later on. Over the next few weeks, construction crews will demolish the old Owen Bricklaying and Tuckpointing building which spans from Gratiot to Papin along Theresa. One the building is removed, crews from Holland Construction will dig down for the underground parking garage which will serve the Mill Creek Flats and Steelcote Crossing (Columbia Oil Building). Following this, foundations will be worked on and the building will rise 6-stories out of the ground.
By late 2020, this area, located to the Northeast of the Grand and Chouteau intersection, will see an influx of 105 new apartments and 7500 SF of ground floor retail space. Mill Creek Flats is part of the larger Steelcote Square development, which includes the recently completed Steelcote Lofts, currently under construction Steelcote Crossing (which will feature a retail space of it's own), and a future project on Gratiot Street at Grand.
Mill Creek Flats is a $25 Million development being developed by Pier Property Group. The architect on the project is Trivers. The development was originally unveiled in January 2019 as a surprise to everyone as it marks the shift from an industrial area to a mixed-use neighborhood. The ultimate goal of the Steelcote Square area is for the area to become St. Louis' version of Nashville's "The Gulch". The Gulch includes shops, restaurants, bars, hotels, condos, apartments, and office space. This goal will get some help in becoming a reality as Cullinan Properties' "Iron Hill" project will add a lot of what the Gulch has just across Grand. The two developments will neighbor each other and will be connected in multiple ways to make this new neighborhood work.
The design of the Mill Creek Flats building allows for the "Steelcote" sign to shine through to Grand Boulevard. It is also designed with the industrial nature of the neighborhood in mind. Gray corrugated metal will make up it's façade. There will also be a pool deck and green roofs accessible by the residents of the building and the residents of Steelcote Lofts and Crossing.
Below is a photo of the demolished building site as of yesterday.